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NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity Arrives at ‘The Kimberley’ Science Destination

Curiosity Mars rover captured this panoramic view of a butte called “Mount Remarkable” and surrounding outcrops at “The Kimberley ” waypoint on April 11, 2014. Colorized navcam photomosaic was stitched by Marco Di Lorenzo and Ken Kremer. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Marco Di Lorenzo/Ken Kremer – kenkremer.com See additional photo mosaics below

NASA’s car sized Curiosity rover [...]

Meet NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator, the Next Step in Landing on Mars

The LDSD test article in the clean room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, preparing for shipment to Hawaii for its first test launch this summer. LDSD will help land bigger space payloads on Mars or return them back to Earth. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Robert Fisher

Anyone even remotely familiar with landing spacecraft and [...]

Why NASA's Plans for an Early 2020s Mission to Europa Are Likely to Happen

Europa mission concepts under study by NASA. Image Credit: NASA/JPL

For years scientists and dreamers alike have looked toward Jupiter’s moon Europa with a keen interest, because decades of observations and research of the frozen world (thanks to spacecraft like Galileo and Voyager) have shown us that the Jovian satellite is easily one of [...]

Mars Jelly Doughnut Mystery Solved, and It's Not an Alien or a Doughnut

This before-and-after pair of images of the same patch of ground in front of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity 13 days apart documents the arrival of a bright rock onto the scene. The rover had completed a short drive just before taking the second image, and one of its wheels likely knocked the rock—dubbed [...]

Mars Odyssey Orbiter Repositioned to Observe Possible Water Processes on Martian Surface

An artist’s concept of NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft orbiting Mars. Image Credit: NASA/JPL

Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif.—in cooperation with Lockheed Martin Space Systems of Denver, Colo.—recently fired up the thrusters on the space agency’s longest-serving Mars explorer in an attempt to study the planet’s surface during Martian dawn. Mars [...]

New Mission Concepts for SLS With Use of Large Upper Stage

Boeing recently released a proposal for a new upper stage for the SLS Block I configuration that would enable the launch of even heavier payloads to deep-space destinations. Image Credit: NASA

Boeing recently released a set of proposals for new missions beyond low-Earth orbit for NASA’s Space Launch System, or SLS, utilising a newly [...]

Morpheus Rising: NASA's Prototype Lander Vehicle Soars in Recent Free-Flight Tests

The Morpheus Lander successfully completed its first of two successful free flight tests within a week, on Dec. 10. Image Credit: NASA/Johnson Space Center

In what looked like scenes from a retro science fiction movie, NASA’s Morpheus Lander successfully conducted its first two back-to-back free-flight tests within a week, earlier this month at the [...]

Panspermia on the Moons of Jupiter? New Study Finds It Possible, While Another Finds Evidence of Clay-Like Minerals on Europa

New studies strengthen the case for the possibility of life, carried by asteroids or comets on places like Europa. Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Ted Stryk.

Even though Mars receives most of the spotlight today when it comes to searching for places in the Solar System—besides Earth—where life might have arisen, there are many in the scientific [...]

Curiosity Determines Ancient Lake Was Habitable, While MRO Suggests Water Might Still Flow on Mars

This illustration depicts a concept for the possible extent of an ancient lake inside Gale Crater. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

This week, NASA released some very interesting findings regarding water on Mars, from both the agency’s Curiosity rover and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). It has been known for years that Mars did indeed have liquid [...]

MAVEN Begins 490-Million-Mile Journey to Reveal Secrets About Mars' Ancient History

The workhorse ULA Atlas-V rocket thunders into overcast skies with NASA’s $670 million MAVEN mission Monday afternoon, beginning a 10-month, half-billion mile journey to Mars. Photo Credit: AmericaSpace / Alex Menendez (www.instinctfilms.com)

After a decade of work from a team spread across the country, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft is on its way to Mars, beginning [...]